In collaboration with Picturehouse, this year’s Sundance London will present 12 feature films selected from the festivals Utah edition along with various panels to complement the films. With that in mind, we’ve picked out six highly anticipated events that will take place over the course of the festival from 30th May – 2nd June, tickets are available to purchase now and check out even more details about the festival from our post here!
The Last Tree
A compelling drama about a British boy of Nigerian heritage relocating from Lincolnshire to inner-London and the struggle he undergoes with his mother as he begins to lose his cultural heritage and attempts to build his own identity. Shola Amoo (A Moving Image) makes his homecoming to Sundance London after his acclaimed short film Dear Mr Shakespeare played at in 2017 with his follow up The Last Tree, a lyrical coming-of-age film where he shows an accomplished grip on his craft. He will also be in attendance for the Shorts to Feature panel.
Saturday 1st June – 18:00
Sunday 2nd June – 12:00
Corporate Animals stars an ensemble cast with Demi Moore leading this absurdist dark comedy about a CEO who takes her employees on a team-building caving weekend turned bad once they get trapped underground. Directed by Patrick Brice (Creep) and written by Peep Show co-writer Sam Bain who are both panellists on the Comedy and Collaboration panel. The film also stars Ed Helms (Jeff Who Lives at Home) and Jessica Williams (Booksmart, The Daily Show) in supporting roles. This film is sure to keep you laughing until the credits.
Saturday 1st June – 22:00 (sold out) & 22:15
Sunday 2nd June – 13:00 (sold out) & 13:20
Women and Independence – Panel
Journalist Kate Muir will be joined by Lulu Wang (The Farewell), Sophie Hyde (Animals) and Sundance Director of programming Kim Yutani for an engrossing conversation from industry professionals and filmmakers about what independence means to them and how it can shift change in how they work. This will be a topical conversation that you won’t want to miss. Find a full list of panellists here.
Friday 31st May – 17:00
Ask Dr. Ruth
A pioneer in the field of sex therapy, Ruth Westheimer became a household name in the ’80s and ’90s – opening the conversation about sex. She had already lived quite a life beforehand as an orphan of the Holocaust although her optimism and zest for life is infectious in Ryan White’s (The Keepers, The Case Against 8) fascinating documentary Ask Dr. Ruth. You can watch the trailer here.
Sunday 2nd June – 15:45
Embracing Risk – Panel
Emphasising the festival’s theme this year – Risk Independence – film writer Wendy Mitchell will be moderating a panel of leading filmmakers compromising Alison Klayman (Director, The Brink), Marie Therese Guirgis (Producer, The Brink); Daniel Scheinert (Director, The Death of Dick Long) who will discuss the necessity of taking risks to tell their stories.
Friday 31st May – 15:00
Shorts to Feature: A Two-Way Street – Panel
A companion event to the exciting Short Film Tours at Sundance London is the Shorts to Feature: A Two Way Street panel which explores the differences in craft between short and feature films. Host Sundance Senior Programmer Mike Plante will be joined by filmmakers Shola Amoo (Director/Screenwriter, The Last Tree), William Oldroyd (Director, Lady Macbeth) and industry key player Lauren Dark from Film 4. This is set to be a very insightful panel.
Saturday 1st June – 16:30